GREEN BAY - His professional football journey started at the Resch Center, included a tryout with the Packers and will continue with the New York Jets, but that's just a small slice of the road traveled by Junior Aumavae.
"It's not finished," said Aumavae. "It's not finished."
Aumavae played defensive line for the Green Bay Blizzard in 2012, racking up 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Born in American Samoa, he moved with his family to Hawaii, then Washington, then Alaska. For college, he started off at Western Washington, until they discontinued their football program, landing him at Minnesota State.
After college, he got his first shot at the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. He was eventually cut by the team.
"He had that taste of it with the Cowboys," said Scotty Smith, who has been training Aumavae at the House of Speed in Green Bay. "Once that taste was in his mouth, there was no doubt, it was make it or break it. If I can't make it: if I can't make it to this level, I don't want anything else."
About 6,000 miles from where he was born, Aumavae ended up in Green Bay playing for the Blizzard, getting his first professional experience.
"Playing with the Blizzard helped me get some film that was very valuable to someone like me," said Aumavae. "In the film I did good; but in the film I also weighed 334 pounds. Which now I weight 307 pounds. It's a big difference as far as movement and agility."
The workouts at the House of Speed helped get his weight down, and prepare him for his next shot at the pros. He had other workouts, including with the Packers, where he was brought in by director of pro personnel Eliot Wolf.
It was a workout with the New York Jets, however, where things clicked.
"I got signed that very same day," said Aumavae.
Jets head coach Rex Ryan, a former defensive line coach himself, jumped in and put Aumavae through the workout himself, before the team ultimately decided to bring him aboard.
"I went to the shower afterwards, just ran the shower, let the water run down my face, tears of joy just came out," said Aumavae.
Though he wasn't one to immediately call friends and family with the good news, those closest to him are proud Aumavae found his way back to an NFL roster.
"[He is a] big-hearted guy that cares about everybody," said Blizzard head coach Robert Fuller. "It couldn't happen to a better guy."
With his jersey hanging on the walls of the House of Speed with those of other pro athletes, Aumavae insists his journey is not done. The next step is OTAs with the Jets, and proving he deserves a spot on their regular season roster.
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